Revere Auctions
Live Auction

2nd Annual Minnesota Art and History

Wed, May 17, 2023 11:00AM EDT
Lot 499

J. Barkla Someone I Knew Once Surrealist Painting

Estimate: $400 - $800

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
$0 $25
$300 $50
$1,000 $100
$3,000 $200
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$20,000 $2,000
$50,000 $5,000
$100,000 $10,000
$500,000 $25,000
$1,000,000 $50,000
$10,000,000 $100,000
Jack Barkla (American, 20th/21st c). Oil on canvas surrealist landscape titled "Me and a Friend (Someone I Knew Once)" depicting two figures against a stage set, 1975. Signed and dated along the lower right. Titled along the verso. Further inscribed in pencil along the verso "Perhaps the only meaning of life is to be together and to not be together." Number 89 in the artist's "Odd Performances" series.

Barkla is a lifelong resident of Minnesota having grown up in Edina and attended the University of Minnesota. He has performed and designed for numerous theater companies including the Guthrie. He also designed flower shows for Dayton's (later Marshall Fields and then Macy's) department store. Other clients of his have included Prince, Princess Grace of Monaco, and Jennifer Lopez.

Sight; height: 23 3/4 in x width: 17 3/4 in. Framed; height: 25 in x width: 19 1/4 in.


The item is in good condition with no visible tears or creases, or major losses. The surface is stable, and the color is bold and bright. To the upper right quadrant, there is a 1 1/2 in area that the underlying canvas is seen through. Under the UV light, there is an area that is florescent to the lower right quadrant; however, it does not appear to be a restoration. Throughout the recto, there are a few scattered minute black accretions and minute original paint accretions. Light paint loss to the upper margin. Along the verso, the canvas is lightly toned; there are light brown spots throughout; see the listing image. Light wear to the frame.

Available payment options

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Amex
  • Diners
  • Discover
  • JCB
  • Union Pay